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Posted: May 07, 2019 6:43 AMUpdated: May 07, 2019 6:46 AM

Inhofe, Lankford Thank Trump for Pardoning Behenna

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Garrett Giles

Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe issued statements on President Donald Trump’s signing an Executive Grant of Clemency for former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna.

Sen. Lankford Tuesday said he is grateful that the long road for Michael Behenna and his family has finally come to a joyous end. He said Behenna now gets a clean slate and a second chance at life.

Behenna’s family, the Oklahoma congressional delegation, and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter have worked tirelessly for years to ensure Behenna received justice throughout this entire painful process.

Bhenna was convicted in the 2009 murder of a suspected al-Quida terrorist. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. That sentence was reduced to 15 years and parole began in 2014.

Senator Jim Inhofe, like Sen. Lankford, thanked President Trump for reviewing Lt. Behenna’s case and granting him clemency. Inhofe said he is happy for Behenna and his family as they close this chapter of their lives.

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